Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast dedicated its $900,000 Auto Body Center today, located at 7717 Opportunity Drive in Fort Wayne. The 10,000-square-foot building houses the college’s Auto Body portion of its Automotive Technology program through the School of Technology.
Ivy Tech moved the collision repair courses, previously located at Glenbrook Hyundai, to the new facility this summer. The move allows for additional course offerings and alleviates capacity constraints experienced by the automotive program at its previous facility.
“This new space provides students focusing in auto body repair state-of-the-art paint booths in an environment appropriate to the industry, as well as classroom space that enables a high level of learning and student engagement,” said Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier.
The new Ivy Tech Auto Body Center is situated on two acres in the Cook Road Office and Industrial Park. Not only does this location remove the previous capacity constraints, it allows for continued growth and expansion. The facility includes two acres of land and more than doubles the prior seating capacity (an additional 255 students per week) and provides a lab setting similar to what is found within the industry.
Along with the additional capacity, the new course offerings delivered include new Waterborne Refinishing material and techniques. This is the new green process being utilized by many of today’s auto manufacturers. This new technology allows students to be on the forefront of these new processes and allows them to enter into the workforce with the training and background now being used in the automotive industry.
“Automotive body repair is one of our region’s strengths,” said Robert Huffman, program chair of the Automotive Technology program. “With this facility, Ivy Tech is in an ideal position to help provide the training and education needed to meet the demand for skilled workers in this field.”
This center also provides an education and training center for individuals who are currently in the repair industry. This allows students access to the newest technology and products, along with the help of local businesses.